Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable

Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable The Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable (LCCWRT) promotes and further stimulates interest in all aspects and phases of the Civil War period.

The round table meets second Tuesday of the month except for January and February. Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments are provided at 7 PM. Attendance is free for the first meeting. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in our county’s history during the period of the Civil War. Informed speakers present battles, leaders and life on the home front and audience participation is e

The round table meets second Tuesday of the month except for January and February. Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments are provided at 7 PM. Attendance is free for the first meeting. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in our county’s history during the period of the Civil War. Informed speakers present battles, leaders and life on the home front and audience participation is e

Operating as usual

06/09/2020
Leesburg Fortified!

Leesburg's position at the very northernmost section of Virginia placed the town at the fore of the Civil War. Shortly after the state's secession, authorities considered the town's location and security. However, not until after the battle of Balls Bluff were deliberate steps taken to fortify the town. Even after Confederate evacuation of Loudoun County in the spring of 1862, these fortifications played a role in the campaigns that followed. Today, a surprising number of these fortification sites are preserved, if under increasing pressure from development. NOTE: This will be a Facebook Live Presentation.

06/02/2020
The Battle of Belmont, Missouri

Often cited as "Grant's First Battle," tonight we take a look at the November 7, 1861 battle of Belmont, fought in southeast Missouri. We will consider this small action in context of the larger play for control of the state of Missouri and of the Mississippi River. This will be a LIVE Facebook event.

05/26/2020
05/05/2020

Live again! This week's presentation is part 2 of a set detailing the Morris Island Campaign, June - September, 1863. The second part details the siege phase of the campaign. Come along for a trip to the beach.... well a battled over beach!

04/28/2020

This week's Live topic - the Morris Island Campaign, Part I, June 1863. Federal efforts to secure Morris Island by direct infantry assault initially succeed. But they are stopped cold at Battery Wagner. This sets up one of the war's best documented siege operations, extending to the first week of September, 1863. This week we will cover the first part, the "maneuver" portion, of this campaign.

04/21/2020

Placeholder for our next scheduled Facebook Live presentation. Tentative topic - The Battle of Island No. 10. But subject to change. Stay tuned!

04/14/2020

Join us for a live stream presentation about Civil War artillery tactics.

The second Tuesday of the month is normally my roundtable night. As we are unable to do that due to the COVID 19 response, would like to share a presentation I've given in the past to other roundtables regarding the evolution of American artillery tactics leading up to the Civil War.

Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”
03/31/2020
Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”

Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”

Richard Quest, Author of I Held Lincoln: A Union Soldier’s Journey Home (spoiler alert – this book is much more about the soldier’s journey than about his role in the moments afte…

03/22/2020

UPDATE: Due to local and state policies in response to COVID 19, Balch Library (the venue at which we meet) is closed to the public until further notice. In addition, the library has cancelled all public meetings through the end of June. Given the present ban on public gatherings in excess of ten people, we have decided not to move our April, May, or June meetings to alternate locations. Those meetings/speakers will be rescheduled. Thank you for your understanding. Be safe. Wash hands. Social distance. We will look towards alternative means of providing your "Civil War Fix" in spite of the virus!

03/17/2020

Due to the current public safety policies, we at the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable are cancelling our scheduled April meeting. Please check back with us here on Facebook or on our website for more updates. We will assess the situation regarding future meetings and post notices when we have more information.

04/03/2019

Pickett's Charge is perhaps the most discussed and debated attack during the Civil War. Join us in examining why by walking the footsteps of Loudoun's 8th Virginia infantry during the attack. Follow the link for more information and registration below.

https://bit.ly/2HtvtsP

Timeline Photos
03/12/2019

Timeline Photos

🚨Save the dates!

We are excited to announce our spring lectures and tours. Stay tuned for details on how to register. We hope you can join us for these events and stop by to see our most recent exhibit, “Caught in the Maelstrom of Civil War: Loudoun County Divided”. #loudouncounty #nova #history #museum #civilwar #leesburg #lecture #loudoun #today #visitloudoun #virginia

Our first meeting of the 2019 season is on March 12.  Scott Mingus will discuss JEB Stuart's ride through York County, P...
03/04/2019
March 2019 Meeting – Scott Mingus

Our first meeting of the 2019 season is on March 12. Scott Mingus will discuss JEB Stuart's ride through York County, Pennsylvania. Come join us at Balch Library that evening!

The March 2019 meeting kicks off the new year of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. Members, Please give your $25 dues to Gary Mester. Board of Directors, Please stay after for a meeting. Mee…

Schedule
01/14/2019
Schedule

Schedule

Speakers and Topics Scheduled for 2019 March 12, 2019—Scott Mingus, Jr. : General JEB Stuart in York County during the Gettysburg Campaign April 9, 2019—Eric Wittenberg : The Battle of Aiken and ca…

More vandalism in the National Battlefield Parks....
08/12/2015

More vandalism in the National Battlefield Parks....

This is one of the most colorful and artistic interactions with our resources that we have ever seen. However, we must point out that tampering with park property is prohibited and ask that visitors refrain from such expressions in the future.

We've posted our 2015 speaker schedule, with a couple of TBDs to work out.  Hope to see you all at these excellent talks...
01/12/2015
Schedule

We've posted our 2015 speaker schedule, with a couple of TBDs to work out. Hope to see you all at these excellent talks over the year to come!

Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable 2015 Speakers March 10 - Stephen Recker - Antietam Photography April 14 - George Franks III - The Battle of Falling Waters May 12 - John Cummings - The Battle of...

10/14/2014

Update and change for tomorrow night's meeting. Unfortunately Mr. Bearss will not be able to join us. We are working to line up a replacement speaker. And we hope you will still plan on attending - same time, same place. Just different speaker.

06/05/2014
Famous Potomac River Crossing Becomes Regional Park

White's Ford Regional Park to open on Monday.

On Monday, June 9, 2014, NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) will officially open and dedicate White’s Ford Regional Park. The beautiful 295-acre property is located on the shores of the Potomac River just north of Leesburg, and will offer visitors a passive recreational experienc…

Upcoming Civil War Events
04/17/2014
Upcoming Civil War Events

Upcoming Civil War Events

The 1851 Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church, on Rt. 50 east of Gilbert’s Corner, will open April 27, for the 2014 season of guided tours conducted on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Reminder about Saturday's event.
03/25/2014
Anker's Shop and Miskel's Farm: Fighting along the Turnpike

Reminder about Saturday's event.

Join local Civil War historians, living historians, and the Loudoun County Civil War 150th Committee in lectures commemorating two Civil War actions fought in eastern Loudoun County - Anker's Shop ...

The Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable is proud to announce its 2014 schedule of speakers.  We have an august list of s...
02/17/2014
Schedule

The Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable is proud to announce its 2014 schedule of speakers. We have an august list of speakers providing balanced coverage of the Civil War from a sesquicentennial perspective.

Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable 2014 Speakers March 11 - Rich Gillespie - Mosby: The Gray Ghost in Loudoun, 1864. April 8 - Lee White - Pat Cleburne: Stonewall of the West. May 13 - Jimmy Price...

Timeline Photos
10/13/2013

Timeline Photos

"The Battle of the Haystacks" was a part of the Battle of Aldie 150 years ago on June 17, 1863. This fight occurred at Furr's Farm, on the sharp bend on Snickersville Turnpike, just before it descends to meet up with Route 50 between Aldie and Middleburg.

Using a stone wall on Furr's Farm, Confederate sharpshooters held off Union forces long enough for reinforcements to arrive and turn the battle into the South's favor.

A new "Civil War Trails" sign has been posted along Route 50 near the battle to teach visitors about this battle, one of several along Route 50 from June 17 to June 21, a screening action by Jeb Stuart's cavalry to prevent the Union from learning Lee was marching north to invade again.

Please join the Loudoun Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee this Thursday the 17th, 2:00pm at the Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast for a ceremony dedicating this new sign.

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Leesburg's position at the very northernmost section of Virginia placed the town at the fore of the Civil War. Shortly after the state's secession, authorities considered the town's location and security. However, not until after the battle of Balls Bluff were deliberate steps taken to fortify the town. Even after Confederate evacuation of Loudoun County in the spring of 1862, these fortifications played a role in the campaigns that followed. Today, a surprising number of these fortification sites are preserved, if under increasing pressure from development. NOTE: This will be a Facebook Live Presentation.
Often cited as "Grant's First Battle," tonight we take a look at the November 7, 1861 battle of Belmont, fought in southeast Missouri. We will consider this small action in context of the larger play for control of the state of Missouri and of the Mississippi River. This will be a LIVE Facebook event.
Live again! This week's presentation is part 2 of a set detailing the Morris Island Campaign, June - September, 1863. The second part details the siege phase of the campaign. Come along for a trip to the beach.... well a battled over beach!
This week's Live topic - the Morris Island Campaign, Part I, June 1863. Federal efforts to secure Morris Island by direct infantry assault initially succeed. But they are stopped cold at Battery Wagner. This sets up one of the war's best documented siege operations, extending to the first week of September, 1863. This week we will cover the first part, the "maneuver" portion, of this campaign.
Placeholder for our next scheduled Facebook Live presentation. Tentative topic - The Battle of Island No. 10. But subject to change. Stay tuned!
Our Next Live Presentation: April 21, at 6:30 PM. Topic: The Battle of Island No. 10. Early in 1862, the Lincoln Administration pressed forward the strategic goal of suppressing the Confederacy by restricting trade and dividing the southern states along major rivers. The Mississippi River was a foremost target within that plan. The Confederates, however, recognized the vulnerability and quickly moved to secure "Old Man River" from Kentucky to New Orleans as a vital seam to their fledgling nation. Island No. 10 was part of those Confederate defenses. Within a treacherous double horseshoe bend of the river, the Island was the perfect location to prevent Federal descent on the Mississippi River. Starting in late February, the Federals conducted combined operations, featuring a Navy flotilla of ironclad riverboats commanded by Flag Officer Andrew Foote and an Army column of 23,000 under Major-General John Pope. Opposing them was a Confederate force of 7,000 under command of Northern Virginia native Brigadier-General William Mackall. As the campaign unfolded, the Federals struggled against geography, terrain, inter-service rivalries, and the river itself just to bring the battle to Mackall's defenses. This presentation will focus on those operations leading to an important, but often overlooked, early war Federal victory. The victory at Island No. 10 propelled John Pope to higher command in the Eastern Theater, and down a road lading to Second Manassas. But cast in context to other events from the spring of 1862, we first see the "Anaconda" constricting the Confederacy.
Join us for a live stream presentation about Civil War artillery tactics. The second Tuesday of the month is normally my roundtable night. As we are unable to do that due to the COVID 19 response, would like to share a presentation I've given in the past to other roundtables regarding the evolution of American artillery tactics leading up to the Civil War.
Join us for a live stream presentation about Civil War artillery tactics. The second Tuesday of the month is normally my roundtable night. As we are unable to do that due to the COVID 19 response, would like to share a presentation I've given in the past to other roundtables regarding the evolution of American artillery tactics leading up to the Civil War.